Dec 22, 2010


The U.S President to sign "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal

  • Dec 22, 2010
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  • The U.S. President Barack Obama is due to sign into law Wednesday legislation that will allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military.

    The existing repeals policy which known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was approved by Senate and House of Representative on last week.  Mr. Obama has mentioned that he looks forward to signing the legislation, which he says will strengthen national security and uphold principles of equality.

    Under the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, members of the military are compelled to keep their sexual orientation secret or else face dismissal About 14,000 members of the military have been discharged since the measure was introduced in 1993 during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

    Military leaders say the new policy will be implemented gradually, so current regulations can be reviewed and revised.

    The repeal act passed the Senate by a vote of 65 to 31 on Saturday.
    Republican Senator John McCain led the opposition to the bill, saying it would do great damage to the military.

    A review by a Department of Defense task force concluded that the policy change would have minimal impact.

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